Mobile Learning in Russia

2013-04-06

Prof. S. Titova from Lomonosov Moscow State University (LMSU), which is the largest university in Russia, visited recently HiST. The visit was part of the ongoing mLearn project, which is a collaboration between HiST and LMSU. One of the goals of this project is to investigate the possibility of establishing a long-term cooperation between the two institutions within the field mobile learning.

Mobile devices are becoming pervasive and ubiquitous in the educational framework, to the point where mobile devices are taking over from other devices. These trends put tremendous pressure on high schools, colleges, and universities that are not yet ready to use them as a powerful communication tool within education.

The Department of Foreign Languages and Area Studies at LMSU launched a long term project in 2011: Mobile devices in Language Classrooms: theory and practice. The aim is to work out strategies for mobile technologies integration into the teaching process. This includes finding teaching solutions that effectively incorporate mobile devices; to develop instructors' and professors' professional competence in mobile technologies, and to design and create mobile educational apps.

During the visit, Prof. Titova and the PhD student Anna Avramenko had meetings with the mobile learning researchers at HiST, as well as the Rector. They also found the time to visit some of the tourist attractions in Trondheim, guided by Tord Tallmo and Robin Støckert from HiST. 

                                             

The two pictures show PhD student Anna Avramenko (left), and Prof. Svetlana Titova. Anna has done part of her research studies in classes at HiST in Trondheim. 

In the beginning of June, the mLearn project will be organizing a two-day workshop in Moskow. Teachers from HiST are going to train 60 teachers from Russia in using online response technology solutions developed in Trondheim. This includes the online Student Response System, as well as the new assessment system for hand held devices.
6.4.2013 

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